Tagged with autism acceptance

wherever you are

wherever you are

Yesterday, I wrote a post detailing a conversation that I’d had with an autistic man regarding the Autism Acceptance magnet on the back of my car. If you haven’t yet read it, I’d be grateful if you’d take a moment to do so before continuing so that what follows will be in context. Read the … Continue reading

gearing up for april

gearing up for april

– Last year, Katie came to me with a question. “Mama,” she asked, “now that we don’t feel like we can support Autism Speaks anymore, what can I wear to school for Autism Awareness Day?” While I know the question of what to wear may seem silly to some, we take our autistic pride pretty seriously around … Continue reading

autism respect month

autism respect month

April is coming. We all know what that means. A whole lot of talk about autism. Some of it constructive. A lot of it really damn DEstructive. My dear friend, M, who is autistic, recently wrote: One of the most common complaints I hear from parents with children on the spectrum is that, when they … Continue reading

how about love?

how about love?

As a parent, watching your child perform in a chorus, well, it’s kind of like this ..   {image is a photo of Mariah Carey singing with a choir behind her} Ya know, there’s your kid. And then there are all these other kids who are clearly just there to sing back-up for her. Don’t … Continue reading

an open door

{image is a photo of Brooke at age seven, watching a dress rehearsal of Godspell at a local community theater – with her Jesus doll.}  Last night, an autistic friend reached out to me, frustrated by yet another APRIL! AUTISM! AWARENESS! attempt gone, for her, terribly, terribly wrong. As I read her words, the pain … Continue reading

wear the change

wear the change

– A couple of weeks ago, Katie came to me with a question. “Mama,” she asked, “now that we don’t feel like we can support Autism Speaks anymore, what can I wear to school for Autism Awareness Day?” While I know the question of what to wear may seem silly to some, we take our autistic pride … Continue reading

are autism awareness days a good thing?

{Image is a photo of Elmo and Maria talking to a firefighter from Elmo Visits the Firehouse} Last week, a reader had a question. I tend to try to answer questions quickly and move on, but this one didn’t lend itself to either a quick answer or to moving on. This was what she asked. … Continue reading

beyond tolerance

beyond tolerance

– There was a time that I thought that tolerance was the goal. I used the word freely. “Awareness,” I would say in the first speech I ever gave, “leads to tolerance.” And then I began to understand that no one in this life is looking to be “tolerated.” Because, you see, to tolerate means … Continue reading

wave on wave

wave on wave

Me and Pat A few years ago, I had the chance to meet the man who sings the soundtrack to much of my life. That’s him up there. His name is Pat Green. And yes, he’s a lot taller than me. Most people are. When I met him, I tried to tell him how much his … Continue reading

acceptance

acceptance

There is no chain so strong as that of unfulfilled expectation. No tether more binding than that which holds to the anchor of an image of a life one believes should have been theirs. Acceptance is not resignation. It is not a declaration of surrender. Rather, when truly and deeply drunk it is the draught … Continue reading